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Planning Your Summer Travel

Summer travel season is almost here. Even with our current economic challenges, vacation getaways still rank at the top of our “most wanted” list. But with less discretionary income for vacation travel, most people are looking for ways to cut costs. Some airlines offer last-minute travel deals when booking 3 to 14 days before departure. These deals can be a great bargain, but you are also risking that no last-minute seats will be available. Booking at least 21 days in advance of your departure date is one way to save. Usually, the more available seats on the flight the cheaper the ticket will be. Fares increase steadily as you get closer to your departure date.  This is illustrated in the chart below, with data provided by, for the average airfare price based on a


5 Cyber Monday Travel Deals to Inspire You to Get a Passport

The grand old Internet tradition of "Cyber Monday" turns six years old tomorrow, as online retailers try to get their piece of the holiday shopping pie. At this point, I'm not sure why you would want to camp out in the cold and risk life and limb to shop Black Friday at a bricks-and-mortar store when you can get great deals online for all sorts of products, including travel. This Cyber Monday, some travel companies are bending over backwards to entice you to get a passport and hit the road. Here are some of the best international travel deals: Abercrombie and Kent: Want to explore ancient Incan sites in Peru, take a walk on the wild side in Kenya, or tour temples in Thailand? Of course you do...and if you book your trip during Abercrombie and Kent's "Six Days of Holiday Savings" sale


Get a Passport and Save Big on a Four City Tour in Ireland

If you've always wanted to visit Ireland, this fall would be a great time to go. Frommer's has the scoop on a deal from Sceptre Tours that lets you see four cities in six nights for one low price: $749. The package includes airfare from New York City, Boston, Chicago or Orlando, lodging in designated hotel for six nights and a rental car so you can tool around in the Irish countryside. On this tour, you'll visit Kilkenny, home of Kilkenny castle; scenic Killarney; Galway, known as "Ireland's Cultural Heart," and of course, Dublin. Purchased separately, airfare alone would run you over $600, so it's hard to argue with the price. The hotels included in the package all have four stars, and breakfast is included. The price is valid for departures from November 24 to February 12, so you c


Get a Passport and Save on Travel With Daily Deal Sites

"Daily deal" sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are the "next big thing." These sites allow you to purchase vouchers for products and services for deep discounts, usually 50% and often more. These sales only last for brief periods of time, usually for only one day. You may have used these sites to save money at local restaurants or to finally treat yourself to that long-overdue massage. But did you know that you can also use them to save on trips to Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond? It's true-by carefully monitoring these sites and getting deals while the getting is good, you can get a nice vacation without spending a lot of money. For example, LivingSocial recently offered a four-night stay for two at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun for $1,479. You don't necessarily have to limi


Fast Passport and Cheap Tickets from Alitalia

If you've been waiting for the Mediterranean to become more affordable, why not get a fast passport and get cheap tickets with Alitalia's latest sale? SmarterTravel reports that the Italian airline is offering great prices on flights from the US to Mediterranean countries including Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey. Flights from Barcelona to Miami are available for as little as $661 per person, round trip. Flights from New York To Rome start at $804, and flights from Boston to Florence are $860. For $920 you can fly from Chicago to Venice, and for $941 you can fly from Los Angeles to Madrid. Flights from Chicago to Thessalonike, Greece are $1,207. However, given the situation in Greece right now, flying may be more expensive than to other destinations but room rates are likely cheaper. Me


Get an Expedited Passport for cheap fares at Spirit Airlines!

Have you always fantasized about visiting a tropical Caribbean beach but never thought you'd be able to afford it? What if your plane tickets were only $2? At first glance, joining Spirit Airlines' fare club seems like it just might be the ticket to bring your dream vacation within reach. Membership costs $39.95 per year, but it allows you to access sales that aren't available to non-members. For example, right now club members can fly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the Bahamas for just $2 round trip, and from Fort Lauderdale to Cancun for $18 round-trip (plus the usual fees and taxes, of course). Spirit has a members-only sale once every 6 weeks, and as long as you move quickly, you can snag those cheap fares on all the tickets you purchase. But is it worth it?


Get Your US Passport Renewal Now For Great Summer Travel Deals

It's already May, and that means it's time to start shopping around for summer travel deals. Here's how to end up with an incredible, affordable summer vacation in 3 easy steps: Step 1- Apply for your US passport renewal Some of the best travel deals this summer will take you out of the country. Since you now need your passport even for most trips to our neighbors in Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, it makes sense to go ahead and apply for your passport renewal now. Step 2- Friend/Follow your favorite airlines and hotels One great way to get the inside scoop on travel deals is to connect with your favorite airlines or hotels on Twitter and/or Facebook. For example, CBS' "The Early Show" reported that the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is offering discounts of up to 40% off to


Get an Express Passport to See Paris in the Spring

If you've ever wanted to visit Paris, why not go this spring? Yes, the whole "Paris in the springtime" thing is a bit of a cliche, but it really is one of the nicest seasons to visit.  The weather is mild, not hot like it gets in the summer, and it's also less crowded. Even better, you're more likely to be able to find a good price on a hotel room if you go now than you would in the summer. There are also lots of special events going on in Paris in the spring. For example, the Foire du Trône, which runs from late March to late April, is a fair packed with roller coasters, games and other fun activities for kids or the young at heart. Foire de Paris runs from late April to May and is a decidedly more grown-up affair, with opportunities for visitors to sample a variety of wines and reg


Obtaining a Passport for Christmas in London

For most people, there's no place like home on Christmas. But what if you want to travel, to experience Christmas somewhere new and different? London is an especially magical place to spend Christmas, and right now, Virgin Atlantic is having a sale on fares  to London.  You can get to London from New York City for just $512 round-trip, while $526 will get you there and back from Washington, DC.  On the West Coast, $642 will get you round-trip tickets from either San Francisco or LA. See more fares and additional details on Smarter Travel. Once you're there, you can enjoy traditional activities like ice skating and watching the English National Ballet's traditional performance of The Nutcracker. Pantomimes are another popular English pastime during the holiday season-these are humo


Get a Passport, Quick for Cheap Flights From Air France

If you've ever wanted to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Europe or experience springtime in Paris, now is a great time to book a flight.  Air France is running a special on flights across the pond from several different US cities, and prices start at $47o round-trip. For that price, you can catch a plane from New York City to Lisbon, Portugal. For $574, you can fly from Washington, DC to Geneva, Switzerland, and for $576 you can fly from New York to Nice, France. You can even fly all the way from Los Angeles to Paris and back again for just $758. Smarter Travel has more details about the special and more sample fares. To get these prices, you have to book by December 3rd, but you can travel anytime through December 16th or from January 6th through March 28, 2010.Some blackout d